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Tax Exemption for Mailed Goods

Posted By Bob On November 6, 2007 @ 12:58 pm In | 149 Comments

Goods entering Canada through mail may be subject to duties and taxes (GST, HST or PST) depending on the value of the item and whether it is a gift.

You don’t have to pay duties and taxes if your mail order item is:

  • a gift worth $60 or less; or
  • worth $20 or less.

This exemption applies on a per item basis.  Items sent to a Canadian as a gift by another person must include a card or notice indicating it is a gift. Clearly identified gifts worth CDN$60 or less are not subject to duties or taxes; however,gifts greater than CDN$60 are subject to duties and taxes. This CDN$60 exemption does not apply to tobacco, alcohol, advertising material, or items sent by a business or association.

For more details, please check out the RC4051 form [1].

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